The aggravated US trade war with China made adjustments to the activities of many local companies. Affected the conflict and Apple, which, together with its manufacturing partners, is developing a plan to transfer production from China to other countries in the event of the imposition of sanctions. India can become such a country, especially since Apple already produces some iPhone models for the local market there.
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This week it became known that Wistron, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer and longtime Apple partner, is opening a third smartphone factory in India. There, it is reported that low-cost iPhone models, including the iPhone 9, will be assembled. It is quite possible that the iPhone 9 will also be produced at this plant, the announcement of which is expected in March.
Note that now in India, the original iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and iPhone XR are being assembled. True, they are sold only in the Indian market. Thus, Apple fulfills the requirement of local authorities, which force foreign companies to produce at least 30% of products sold in the local market in the country.